Released from prison in December 2016, Emmanuel thought his prospects were bleak. His criminal record felt like an impossible barrier to employment and his job search seemed hopeless.

Emmanuel was introduced to the Wallich’s BOSS project, an initiative that provides employability training to ex-offenders, at a routine jobcentre appointment. From there his luck began to change. The Wallich paid for Emmanuel to get a CSCS card and called on us when he was ready to meet with leading employers. By tradition January is the month for a new start and new job, and in the New Year Emmanuel was offered a labouring role with Wilmott Dixon.  

I’m not sure where I’d be without this scheme, it opened all the right doors and got me a job with an employer I’m proud to work for. Before ending up in prison I was a labourer for my old man. So much time had passed I was giving up hope of ever going back to it.
Construction CS Emmanuel

‘It feels like a family in work, and when I’m down on my luck, they all muck in to help me out. When my bike was nicked they even chipped in to get me a new one! Now I’m looking into training that will advance my career and have plans to start a five-day course soon. It’s the first time in ages I’ve felt positive about where my life is heading’’.




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